Friday will mark one of the biggest days for the Fort McMurray Public School District – as they celebrate graduation.
An estimated 380 students from Fort McMurray Composite High School, Frank Spragins High School, and Westwood Community High School will be receiving their diplomas.
“The graduation ceremony is a rite of passage that is anticipated by staff and students all year. Although the day is a celebration, it is a solemn ceremony that reminds us of the incredible hard work the students, and their parents have done for the past 12 or so years” Principal of Westwood Jessica Roy said. “We celebrate with the students as one of our major goals is to see them walk across the stage.”
Roxanne Fudge is Principal of Frank Spragins High School and she echoes similar sentiments.
“Graduation truly is the best day of the educational year. It is a day where we get to celebrate and appreciate the efforts our students have put into their studies for many years,” Fudge said. “We are proud of our students and their accomplishments. We would like to thank them for including us in their educational journey, it has been an honour. Congratulations Class of 2017 on reaching this milestone – best of luck in your future endeavours.”
Principal for Fort McMurray Composite High School Kevin Bergen also extended his congratulation to graduates.
“Fort McMurray Composite High School is grateful and honoured to have our graduates select us as their school of choice for their educational pathways. We wish them best of luck in life and know their time will be well-served in our school,” Bergen said.
Meanwhile, Doug Nicholls, Superintendent for the FMPSD, is looking forward to the much-anticipated ceremonies.
“Perhaps our favourite District event, graduation is a memorable day.” Nicholls said. “Trustees, senior leaders, staff, and parents come together to celebrate our diligent students, who are about to start the next chapter of their lives. Congratulations in advance to all our graduates. They make us proud. We are looking forward to celebrating their achievements.”
Fort McMurray Composite High School’s graduation ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m., at Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre; Westwood Community High School celebrates at 10 a.m., at MacDonald Island, and Frank Spragins is at 1 p.m., at Keyano Theatre.
Meanwhile, the Fort McMurray Catholic School Board will also see 163 students graduate from Father Mercredi. The ceremony will be held at their school starting at 9 a.m.
Holy Trinity already celebrated their graduation back in early June.